Besides the iM, Scion also introduced at the 2015 New York Auto Show the 2016 iA, company’s first-ever sedan. The vehicle won’t be a surprise for petrolheads as the vehicle is in fact a rebadged Mazda2 and will be produced for Toyota by Mazda at its plant in Mexico. Moreover, the 2016 Scion iA is based on Mazda’s SkyActiv platform and shares components with the Mazda2.
Set to arrive in dealerships this fall for an estimated MSRP in the $16,000 range, the 2016 Scion iA will be offered as standard with Low-speed Pre-collision safety system as well as a 7-inch multi-media system with voice activation.
Under the hood, there is a high-compression 4-cylinder 1.5-liter engine that delivers 106 hp bolted as standard to a 6-speed manual transmission and as an option to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The engine is expected to return fuel economy ratings of 33 mpg in the city, 42 mpg on the highway and 37 mpg combined.
To ensure a sporty handling and comfortable ride, Scion installed a MacPherson strut front suspension and torsion beam rear suspension, while the steering and brake system tuning received more attention. When it comes to safety, the Scion iA gets front side airbags and curtain airbags, as well as the standard Low-speed Pre-collision system that uses a large sensor in order to help the driver avoid collisions.
The standard rear view back-up camera makes sure that you avoid every obstacle. Regarding the design, the 2016 Scion iA reveals the brand’s face with a hexagonal lower grille and sharp-eyed headlights. Meanwhile, the rear end shows a spacious trunk. The exterior design is completed by the upscale looking piano black bumper treatment, chrome grille surround and chrome tailpipe.
Inside, there are premium chrome accents and soft-touch trim and a sporty steering wheel with control switches for the audio and standard Bluetooth. As standard, Scion offers the iA with the 7-inch Display Audio system with touchscreen, 6 speakers, remote interface and rear-view camera.
Also as standard, Scion offers the Pandora, Aha and Stitcher, two USB ports and an Auxiliary input. Voice Recognition feature makes sure keep your eyes to the road and hands on the steering wheel. If you want a navigation system, you will be able to get one through Scion dealers. [source: Scion]